The blog Scarlet Rhapsody had some interesting things to say about how people change when the goal behind cosplay becomes fame rather than friendship. I found myself wondering where the line was. When do you turn from a participant in a hobby to a full-time media relations person? Is it bad?
I've always thought of myself as someone who was trying to connect & interact with the community. So many wonderful friends of mine are cosplayers and I met them through cosplay (or because of cosplay). Arguably, I met my husband because the gal who introduced us bonded with me over cosplay nerdiness (hi, Megan)! So where would I be without the large community of cosplayers?
I enjoy posting tips and tricks that have made my cosplay more affordable, more fun, and more friendly, but I don't do it because I want accolades. I do it because sharing is free and awesome.
Then I look at myself and I have all the social media sites - ACParadise, Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, blah blah blah. Is it too much? Has it changed from reaching out to a community of like-minded individuals to desperately trying to achieve fame? I won't lie, it's definitely an ego boost to be invited to cons or to know that people enjoy your work, but I still am so stoked to sit down in my living room and sew away. I'd sew even if cosplay was the niche hobby it was twelve years ago.
To me, cosplay feels good without fame. Cosplay is happiness & friends & sparkles & kitten vomit.